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Veteran Journalist Kuldip Nayar passes away at 95

New Delhi | Veteran Journalist and Author Kuldip Nayar passed away on Thursday at the age of 95. Nayar was admitted in a Delhi hospital. His last rites will be held on Thursday at 1 pm at Lodhi crematorium in Delhi.

Born in Sialkot in Punjab (now Pakistan) on 14 August 1923, Nayar was a former high commissioner of India to the United Kingdom and a nominated Rajya Sabha member in 1997.

Known as a  left-wing political commentator, Nayar authored 15 books including Beyond the Lines, Distant Neighbours: A Tale of the Subcontinent, India after Nehru, In Jail, Wall at Wagah, India-Pakistan Relationship, The Judgement, Without Fear: The Life and Trial of Bhagat Singh, among others.

A  syndicated columnist and human right activist, Nayar even worked to free Indian prisoners in Pakistan and Pakistani prisoners in India, who have completed their sentences but have not been set free. Kuldip Nayar was one of the few journalists who was put in jail during Emergency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence over the demise of Kuldip Nayar. He tweeted,”Kuldip Nayar was an intellectual giant of our times. Frank and fearless in his views, his work spanned across many decades. His strong stand against the Emergency, public service and commitment to a better India will always be remembered. Saddened by his demise. My condolences.”

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